Scones 2

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cups raisins, dates or both
1/2 cup pecans 1/2 chopped)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
6 ounces of evaporated milk or buttermilk
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and grated orange peel. Cut in butter, with a fork or a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in raisins/dates and 1/4 cup of pecans. In a separate bowl, mix together milk (evaporated or buttermilk). Mix egg-milk mixture with other ingredients and stir just until moistened, reserving only the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup pecans that have been ground and set aside. On a floured board, knead dough gently 5 or 6 times. Press into an 8 inch circle on a non-greased cookie sheet. Cut into 8 wedges. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup nut and sugar mixture that was set aside. Bake for 15-20 minutes and serve warm with jelly or honey and a cup of coffee.

Serves 8.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana